ETC Introduces Another Innovation In Bulk Steam Sterilizer Technology: Sectional Autoclaves
The Sectional Autoclave grew out of a need by our customers to replace older, bulk-sized autoclaves that were virtually land locked within their facilities. Replacing the units with a conventional one-piece autoclave of the same size would have been extremely costly and disruptive to facility operations. ETC designs its Sectional Autoclaves in 2 or more pieces, depending upon access through the facility and/or elevator weight capacities. The “Sectional Autoclave” can be provided with any of our three door configurations: Hinged Swinging Doors, Horizontal Sliding Doors, and Vertical Rising Doors.
How We Do It / Sectional Autoclaves
The autoclave is manufactured at our factory in two or more sections, fit up, insulated, sheathed, and assembled with all mechanical equipment & controls.
Additional lifting lugs and feet are installed on each section to facilitate handling. After the assembly is completed, the equipment is stripped down to the bare chamber sections, flipped onto its side for placement on the transport vehicle and the remaining equipment crated. At the site, the sections are offloaded and rigged through the facility to the final installation site.
The sections are up-righted, positioned and fit up within the pit, as applicable. An independent A/I (Authorized Inspector) witnesses the initial fit up, final welding, and hydro-static (compressed air for upper levels) testing to the current requirements of the ASME Pressure Vessel Code. Upon completion of the pressure testing, the insulation, sheathing, mechanical equipment & controls are re-installed. The autoclave is then interconnected to the facility as a normal unit, with bio-seal connection, sheet metal fascias, and hook-up of facility utilities, as applicable.
The autoclaves are PLC controlled with advanced user interface providing flexibility of cycle programming and visually intuitive cycle selection.
The system is configured for immediate sensor response for time temperature and pressure set-point management and maintains a real time record of all critical cycle parameters and phases including cycle alarms in the event of utility loss or instrumentation monitoring events.
The units are configured for use in pass-through or single sided operation and are available with a wide variety of accessory components and load handling materials.